Our Vision and Transition Action Plan (TAP)

Our Vision:

Transition Penwith - Local solutions to the global crisis

To achieve our vision, Transition Penwith want to work with local communities, the Transition Network and local organisations to develop a Transition Action Plan.  This plan is to look at how Penwith can survive without relying on fossil fuels, creating community resiliance, aiming for a low energy, low carbon Penwith.

Because Penwith is an isolated district located within the peripheral region of Cornwall, it will experience the impact of fossil fuel shortages sooner than the rest of the country. Yet this is not a doom and gloom scenario, it is an opportunity for Penwith to revitalise and regenerate its community, strengthen the local economy, reduce environmental impact and take steps towards creating a healthy, secure and sustainable future for all.

The plan for a low energy, low carbon future will be known as the Transition Action Plan.  This is a Community Resilience Plan and is not a blue-sky plan for how to live in a sustainable world, but an evolving plan for the transitional period of decreasing energy. It is a plan for dealing with Peak Oil in the immediate term.

The TAP will examine the key sectors of Penwith (e.g. energy, economy, food etc.) and explore adaptive, timetabled responses for creating an oil-free future. It will seek answers to the question, how would Penwith feed, house and power itself in a low energy future? The TAP will provide direction to local government, decision makers, community leaders, forward planners and individuals with an interest in building a vibrant and sustainable Penwith as an ‘energy model of excellence’.

An integral part of the TAP will be to facilitate an audit (carbon footprint) of the district in partnership with key organisations, communities and individuals, initially in the key areas of energy, food and health and medicine. This work is essential to understanding what resources and opportunities are available in Penwith and what are lacking. It will give a clearer picture of what is possible, and what steps are needed for an energy descent pathway. Baseline sustainability indicators will also be developed and used to assess the TAP's effectiveness.

Transition Penwith will work with communities, members and organisations through Open Space Technology, World Café and Focus groups (as appropriate) to facilitate community involvement in the planning process of the TAP. 

Community visioning and backcasting will also be used (note: backcasting is similar to forecasting, but the aim is to envision a positive future scenario i.e. a positive aspect of life without oil, and then backtrack the steps to get there from the present). The aim of these participatory methodologies will be to empower the community to rethink how we use energy, and to collaboratively arrive at solutions to our collective problems.

To achieve our vision, Transition Penwith aims to develop, with the Penwith Community, a plan to reduce its dependency on fossil fuels, and to become increasingly self-reliant in energy, food, health, education, housing and transport.